.84" Pathological Shark (Otodus)Tooth - Morocco

This is a very interesting fossil. It's a pathalogical, .84" long Otodus obliquus with a growth abnormality. The crown is compressed. This can be easily seen in the wavy edges of the tooth. The other features of the tooth are normal. This is a complete tooth.

Tooth abnormalities most often occur when pressure is exerted on the tooth during formation. Teeth form the enamel first, it is soft at first and if pressure is applied before the tooth hardens a deformation can occur.

Otodus is an extinct mackerel (Lamniformes) shark that lived during the Eocene, approximately 54 million years ago. This is the same family of sharks that includes the Great White and there were likely a distant ancestor to the Megalodon. These teeth are collected during phosphate mining operations near Khouribga, Morocco. While teeth of Otodus are common fossils at these mines, large, good quality specimens are hard to find as they are often destroyed by the mining equipment.
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Otodus obliquus
Oulad Abdoun Basin, Morocco
Phosphate Deposits
.84" long
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